"Reflecting on my experience in Lead2Change there are countless connections to the work I do today. I have been able to use many of the skills I learned to navigate my career." - Ashley Hines
My engagement with Lead2Change undoubtedly prepared me for the workforce. In high school, I interned each summer at Johnson Controls. I gained confidence through the mentoring and development I received in Lead2Change. I was able to meet leaders within the company, present on various topics and connect with my colleagues with ease. Later, while in college my relationship with Lead2Change Executive Director, Dionne Grayson afforded me the opportunity to lead a summer medical practicum at Marquette. The organizational skills from facilitating Lead2Change team meetings was invaluable. I had strong PowerPoint skills and knew how to engage diverse audiences because of the experience I had in coordinating our annual team buildings. In addition, Dionne connected me to an internship opportunity at the Wisconsin Donor Network, where I did several assessments on the perception of organ donation in the African-American community. The info sessions that we commonly organized through Lead2Change also gave me assurance in this area. Lead2Change required us to develop financial management skills because we were charged with grant fund allocation. This is a skill I use daily in my role as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Reflecting on my experience in Lead2Change there are countless connections to the work I do today. I have been able to use many of the skills I learned to navigate my career. Lead2Change has provided me with a strong foundation.